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Pakistan fights ICC over World Cup

PAKISTAN authorities have mounted a legal challenge to the International Cricket Council's decision to strip the country of the right to host 2011 World Cup matches.

"The ICC didn't consult us before taking this decision. We have sent them a legal notice," Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt told a news conference in Lahore yesterday. "We don't think the ICC decision is sound on legal grounds. If they say the security situation in Pakistan prompted this decision then the security situation in India and Sri Lanka is also not good." He said the board would try to get a restraining order against the ICC, which announced last month that it was moving the matches because of the "uncertain security situation" in Pakistan. The matches have been redistributed among India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.


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